Washington at Winnipeg NHL Odds & Expert Pick – February 13thNHL.tv Radio: WJFK 106.7 FM (Washington) / 1290 AM(Winnipeg) Opening NHL Odds: Jets -163, Caps +123 (5.5)
Last SeasonThese teams played a home-and-home series over a couple of days last season. The first game was in Winnipeg and the Caps won 3-2. Veteran Jay Beagle scored the winning goal with 30 seconds left. Braden Holtby made 43 saves, Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist, and Karl Alzner also scored for Washington. Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists. Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry scored for the Jets, and Connor Hellebuyck finished with 24 saves. Two nights later, the Caps won at home 4-3 in OT, blowing a three-goal lead in the third period. Alex Ovechkin had two goals, including the game-winner, and assisted on Nicklas Backstrom’s goal. Goals by Backstrom, Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie, and an 18-5 second-period shot advantage had Washington on cruise control before Winnipeg rallied.
Why Bet on Washington?The Capitals start a four-game trip here. They are off a 5-4 overtime home loss to Detroit. Tomas Tatar scored his second goal of the game 2:47 into overtime. The Wings had lost three in a row entering the game. Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-best 33rd goal for Washington, which was coming off a home-and-home sweep of Columbus. Brett Connolly, Dmitry Orlov and Backstrom scored in the third, and Bradenn Holtby stopped 24 shots. Holtby had only allowed four goals in two games going into Sunday’s matchup, but he was burned for three quick goals by the Red Wings late in the second period. Despite his struggles this season, the Capitals still appear to be high on Andre Burakovsky. Burakovsky could be trade bait at the deadline as other teams would love to have the former first round pick but GM Brian McLellan likes his forward who has struggled with injuries this season. “[Burakovsky] got off track with his injury and missed some time and got out of sync,” MacLellan said. “I’m really confident that he’s going to be a good player here. He’ll find it down the stretch for us.” He has four goals and 11 points in 28 games. Burakovsky missed 20 games with a broken thumb and has been a healthy scratch a handful of times since. Lars Eller needs just two points match his career high for a single season. Eller’s current season high is 30 points, set way back in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign when he was a member of the Montreal Canadiens. Eller earned two points in the Caps’ win over Columbus back on Friday night, his sixth multi-point game of the year – second-highest total in his career – and was rewarded the following day with a five-year, $31.5 million contract extension.
Why Bet on Winnipeg?The Jets are on a 10-game homestand – that has to be the longest in the NHL this season. The Jets lost a second straight game on Sunday, 3-1 to the Rangers. Winnipeg came into tats game a perfect 6-0 on Sundays this season, with four shutouts from Connor Hellebuyck. They had only allowed two goals on Sundays, and scored 26. Nikolaj Ehlers scored Winnipeg’s only goal. Ehlers gave the Jets a 1-0 lead just 1:06 into the first period, but they were unable to build on it and New York won the game late in the third frame. Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler earned assists on Ehlers’ 21st goal of the year. Although his goal-less drought reached a season-high 14 games, Wheeler finished with six shots on goal and had 12 shot-attempts, so it seems like it’s only a matter of time before he finds the back of the net again. Connor Hellebuyck allowed two goals in the loss. Hellebuck made 25 saves in the contest, but he was beaten by a Jimmy Vesey redirect with 3:53 left in the third. The Rangers added an empty-netter to seal the loss for Hellebuyck. It’s the first time this season the Jets have lost back-to-back games at home. The Jets’ power play has been clicking well this season, but it has run into a rough patch of late, going just three-for-21 during the six games on this homestand. While the efficiency (83.6 %) remains fourth in the NHL, generating a bit more with the man-advantage can make a huge difference when the games are so tight during the stretch run.
Latest NHL Odds Trends
- Washington is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington’s last 7 games
- Winnipeg is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Winnipeg is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Winnipeg’s last 6 games